Eden Hazard Spotted at Stamford Bridge Ahead of Chelsea Liverpool Tie

Eden Hazard Spotted at Stamford Bridge Ahead of Chelsea Liverpool Tie

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 10, 2023 at 5:02 PM
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  • Chelsea began their season with a 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool
  • Both teams continue to battle for the custody of Moises Caicedo
  • The Blues had club legend Eden Hazard return to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea were gearing up for their season's opening game against Liverpool when they welcomed an august visitor in the form of a returning club legend.

The Blues dominated the Reds but could only secure a draw in an intense battle at Stamford Bridge which saw debuting French defender, Axel Disasi, score for the club.

Colombian winger, Luis Diaz, put Jurgen Klopp's men ahead after a beautifully threaded pass from Mohamed Salah eluded three Chelsea defenders.

Eden Hazard, Chelsea, Arsenal, UEFA Europa League, Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Eden Hazard played his last game for Chelsea in the 2019 UEFA Europa League win over Arsenal. Photo by Ozan Jose/AFP.
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The encounter had added spice for the two rivals as they are locked in a transfer battle over midfielders, Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, with each trying to hijack the other's target.

Speaking ahead of the game, via CFC Daily, The Athletic's David Ornstein claimed Liverpool could end up walking away empty-handed with Chelsea tipped to secure both players.

Hazard spotted at Stamford Bridge

Meanwhile, as reported by CFCPys on Twitter, club legend - Eden Hazard -was spotted at Stamford Bridge ahead of the game and has left fans speculating over a possible return.

The Belgian is currently without a club after his contract at Real Madrid was mutually terminated last season after four years and he has reportedly failed to land a new club.

Hazard's presence also fuelled speculation of a return to Chelsea on a short-term basis amid the long injury layoff of attacking midfielder, Christopher Nkunku, who underwent surgery last week.

The last time a club legend was spotted at Stamford Bridge was when Frank Lampard joined the director's box during last season's second-leg draw against Liverpool.

The game was overseen by interim coach, Bruno Saltor, after Graham Potter was sacked. Lampard was then hired as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Hazard dispels retirement rumours

Sports Brief also reported on Hazard quashing rumours of his retirement after claims that he was considering hanging up his boots after the termination of his Real Madrid contract.

The Belgian retired from international football after a dismal 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign and was given a lap of honour ahead of his country's Euro 2024 qualifier game against Austria.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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